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Osi Umenyiora opens minicamp with second team

O. Umenyiora2.jpgFour months after Osi Umenyiora threatened to retire if he wasn’t starting, the defensive end remains right where he started the offseason.  With the second team.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News passes along that Matthias Kiwanuka opened minicamp as a starter opposite Justin Tuck, with Umenyiora working with the second team.  We expect the two players to rotate plenty during the regular season, but it looks like Umenyiora still may sit on many rushing downs.

The story is another reminder what a good job the Giants did in February by essentially patting Umenyiora on the head back, saying that his threat was cute, and telling him to get back to work.

(PFT magazine buyers will note that I used roughly the same line there. Sue me.)

The Giants are one of the toughest teams to predict this season — nothing would surprise us — but it’s impressive to think they will have Umenyiora and first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul coming off the bench.

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13 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora opens minicamp with second team”
  1. Abe Froeman says: Jun 15, 2010 12:16 PM

    Is the “head back” some new body part I am unaware of?

  2. ItalianArmyGvy says: Jun 15, 2010 12:18 PM

    LMFAO Osi, if you arent good enough to be on the field, do you really think they care if you retire???
    Go back to filming those stupid 5 hour energy commercials….

  3. bspurloc says: Jun 15, 2010 12:23 PM

    He should be happy where he is at… I was playing Madden 09 last night Giants VS Cardinals and Kiwanuka sacked lienhart a record 9 times Osi only had one of the 15 sacks…..
    so there we have it….. never mind that 09 team has tuck on the bench in favor of Osi…..
    ah he should shut up and let the rotational domination work its magic…..

  4. mike_311 says: Jun 15, 2010 12:27 PM

    learn how to stop the run and he’ll get more plays.

  5. Duck Fallas says: Jun 15, 2010 12:44 PM

    Forget 5 hour energy, he better get back on that juice…

  6. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 15, 2010 12:49 PM

    OSI is good, better than Tuck off the edge.

  7. BIG BLUE in tx says: Jun 15, 2010 12:59 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    June 15, 2010 12:49 PM
    OSI is good, better than Tuck off the edge.
    ———————————————-
    Only against Winston Justice… Osi is good, but Tuck is muck better and more versitle.

  8. AlanWeiss says: Jun 15, 2010 1:15 PM

    “The story is another reminder what a good job the Giants did in February by essentially patting Umenyiora on the head back, saying that his threat was cute, and telling him to get back to work.
    (PFT magazine buyers will note that I used roughly the same line there. Sue me.)”
    “head back,” I hope you proof read the magazine before you publish it. I mean 3G’s , your blogs don’t make sense half of the time. Seriously, what gives?

  9. texasPHINSfan says: Jun 15, 2010 1:25 PM

    “(PFT magazine buyers will note that I used roughly the same line there. Sue me.)”
    I think 10 people will be ok with that. :thumbup:

    The bright side for Osi – he’ll be dominating that second team! haha

  10. Beezer says: Jun 15, 2010 1:40 PM

    Osi Umenyiora often talks without thinking which is a terrible thing to do when you play in NY. Since then he has apologized and admitted that his emotions often get the better of him. Osi did not demand to be traded after the Giants drafted Pierre-Paul in the first round nor complained. The coaches keep reiterating what a good attitude Umenyiora has had this offseason and he has participated fully in team activities. Of course since he is not a member of the Steelers neither Florio or Rosenthal write about this because it is not entertaining. If he were a steeler though they would write about it to try to salvage his imagine with the fans.

  11. Nard100 says: Jun 15, 2010 2:35 PM

    It’s probably being done to motivate him anyway. He’ll probably be starting this year.

  12. Human Howitzer says: Jun 15, 2010 3:42 PM

    If this defense works the way it’s supposed to work, who starts is kinda irrelevant because of how much the DE’s rotate. Think of Tuck in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago: he could (should?) have been MVP, but he wasn’t a starter at the time.

  13. east96street. says: Jun 15, 2010 4:25 PM

    JPP won’t be in the starting lineup in the beginning of the season. That’s why Osi wasn’t traded. I’m a Giants fan and even I admit JPP is a project. The kid is RAW. Put him in too early against any NFC East team and they will have field day running draws and screens right past him. I would be pleasantly surprised if JPP is able to contribute starting week 8. I would not be shocked if he can’t contribute until next year. Osi has at least another full season in NY.

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